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My introduction to bipods happened XDS-2C. 

Since that time, I have been a fan of attaching a bipod to a rifle for stability—not to mention that carrying a sandbag around gets tiring. A bipod can assist a shooter, regardless of discipline, in getting stable for that perfect shot. The shooting fundamentals of sight alignment and sight picture are made easier with the assistance of a bipod. 

Whether you are looking for more stability on your hunt or at the range, adding a bipod will give you a stable platform. You might not need all the features that the Accu-Tac SR-5QD offers or the simplicity of the Grip Pod, but adding a bipod to your gun is a worthwhile investment that will pay off when you are sending rounds downrange.

With all the different manufactures out there, choosing the bipod best suited for you can be a difficult decision. There are many different aspects to a bipod that make it suited for different forms of the shooting sports. Here, we take a look at several different models … and I stress that these are but a few of the dozens on the market.

TAC SHIELD RAIL MOUNT PIVOTING BIPOD (T9521RP)

Construction: Metal
Height: 6–9 inches, deployed
Weight: 16 ounces
Attachment: 1913 Picatinny rail
MSRP: $70
TACShield.com

This is a lightweight bipod that connects using the Picatinny rail system. I found that I had to cant the bipod in order to use the attachment lever to secure it to the rifle. The cant lever is low profile, which can make it a little difficult to access. Press the button, and the spring-loaded legs extend and firmly lock in place. If it is mounted on an AR-style rifle, this 6- to 9-inch bipod has to be open at least to the first notch to allow freedom of movement with a 30-round magazine. There is a cant feature that allows tilt from side to side by about 20 degrees, but the bipod needs to be extended to avoid magazine contact with the ground when shooting higher than level elevation. The TAC Shield is a solid unit, especially at this price.

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GG&G QD XDS-2C COMPACT BIPOD

Construction: 6061-T6 aluminum
Height: 6.5–8.25 inches, deployed
Weight: 17.5 ounces
Attachment: 1913 Picatinny rail
MSRP: $201
GGGAz.com

The QD XDS-2C Compact Bipod is lighter than it appears. It is solidly built, and deploying the legs into the open position is very quick. At 90 degrees, the gun height is 7.5 inches, but when the legs are in the forward locking position at 45 degrees, the height drops to 5.5 inches. This bipod has a 20-degree traverse and 25-degree cant. The leg adjustments are easy to get to, but this is not so with the cant knob, which was difficult to get at, especially when canted to either side (although I have big hands). Keep in mind that this is a compact bipod: With legs extended, the base width (9 inches) is narrow. It was difficult to keep my Ruger RPR from falling over from the weight—something to think about for heavier rifles that need a wider base. However, ARs won’t be a problem. The nice thing about this bipod is the design of the Accu-Force QD system, which makes it extremely easy to add or remove the bipod. To save space, I usually remove the bipods from my rifles before putting them back in the gun safe.

 

GRIP POD GPS-V2

Construction: Polymer handle and aluminum leg inserts
Height: 8.25 inches, deployed
Weight: 7 ounces
Attachment: 1913 Picatinny rail
MSRP: $160
GripPod.com

Made of polymer and super lightweight, the Grip Pod GPS-V2 quickly attaches to a Picatinny rail. With a single push of the activation button, it deploys to give you an 8.25-inch bipod. It’s a little loud when deployed, and you have to make sure there is enough room for it to open completely. I found that if this bipod made contact with the ground when opening, it had to be manually pulled fully open. This is not a big deal, unless you are in a hurry. When fully opened, it provides enough clearance under the rifle to accommodate a 30-round magazine—but only when aiming the rifle to an elevation of about 10 to 15 degrees. When closed, it serves as a vertical grip, but because it doesn’t fold flat like the other bipods, if you need to be in the prone position lower than 6 inches, the grip would prevent that. The GPS-V2 is simple in design, with no cant or pivot, but it works well for its intended purpose.

 

TANGODOWN ACB-4 BIPOD (ADVANCED COMBAT)

Construction: 7075 aluminum body, polymer legs
Height: 8–10 inches, deployed
Weight: 16.1 ounces
Attachment: 1913 Picatinny rail
MSRP: $220
TangoDown.com

Designed for minimum weight and ergonomic impact, the TangoDown ACB-4 Bipod weighs 16.1 ounces. It features lightweight aluminum forgings and polymer legs. The Picatinny attachment uses two hex screws (with flathead slots, as well) for the attachment. Three holes in the leg allow for three positions—to deploy the legs, grab the foot of each leg and pull. The legs lock open securely. Collapsing the legs requires pushing the button as it passes through each of the holes while maintaining pressure on the bottom of the leg. I found this a little difficult to accomplish and almost impossible with gloves on. Adjustment is limited, with only a 2-inch difference between collapsed at 8 inches and fully extended at 10 inches. It does have traverse capabilities, as well as a slight cant. It folds rearward when closed and sits tightly against the handguard for a snag-free profile.

 

TRUGLO TACPOD

Construction: Metal
Height: 9–13 inches, deployed
Weight: 16 ounces
Attachment: 1913 Picatinny rail (tested) or sling swivel stud
MSRP: $45
TruGlo.com

Similar to the Harris-designed bipods, The TacPod is spring loaded for deployment and locking. While there is no positive locking mechanism to keep the legs deployed, the springs seem to have enough tension to keep them from closing while the bipod is moved around. With the bipod attached, the bottom of the rifle is 8¼ inches from the ground at the lowest setting and 13½ inches at the fully opened position. Fully extended, it has a width of slightly more than 14 inches and is still very stable. The knob to tighten the bipod to a sling swivel stud is large and easy to tighten. It comes with a Picatinny attachment that will require a hex wrench to attach. The legs have a spring assist for deployment after the tension grip is pressed. Closing the legs requires pressing the tension adjustment and manually returning the legs. This bipod doesn’t traverse or cant, but at the $45 price point, it’s a solid support and built pretty durably.

 

B&T INDUSTRIES BT10-LW17 V8 ATLAS

Construction: 6061-T6 aluminum
Height: 4.75–9 inches, deployed
Weight: 12.7 ounces
Attachment: 1913 Picatinny rail
MSRP: $320
Accu-Shot.com

Sturdy and well-built from 6061-T6 aluminum, the BT10-LW17 V8 Atlas bipod is extremely light at 12.7 ounces. It uses an American Defense Manufacturing mount for quick attach/detach. Leg deployment is done by a push button, and the legs lock positively at 90 and 45 degrees, both forward and rear. They can be locked close to the front or rear, depending on the user’s preference. There is also a cant feature (15 degrees), as well as a traverse feature (15 degrees). Even under the weight of a Ruger RPR, the rifle did not tip at full cant. The legs deploy quickly and feature graduated preloaded stops every ¾ inch. There was some play in the legs when fully extended, and the tightening knob for the cant and traverse was awkward to adjust and pretty stiff. Overall, though, if you can afford it, this is an excellent bipod for most applications.

 

ATI UNIVERSAL FEATHERWEIGHT

Construction: Polymer
Height: 9–13 inches, deployed
Weight: 6 ounces
Attachment: 1913 Picatinny rail, sling swivel stud (tested)
MSRP: $56
ATIOutdoors.com

The name says it all for this bipod. The Universal Featherweight bipod is extremely light, because it is made almost entirely of polymer— to be exact, DuPont extreme temperature glass-reinforced polymer. Using the included parts kit, it will fit on just about every rifle that has either a Picatinny or swivel stud, including the vent hole on government M16 handguards. It does, however, leave something to be desired in the sturdiness department, and attachment isn’t the most solid. When rotating the rifle, there was very noticeable movement in the legs not seen in the majority of the other bipods tested. This is a light-duty bipod best used mounted to a .22 or other low-recoil rifle, but I am not sure I would chance it on my trophy hunt. It does offer a traverse feature and has a pretty good range of movement from side to side. This bipod is good for engaging multiple targets or moving ones. The legs are positive locking, so they won’t close up on you when you move the rifle around. At its $56 MSRP, there are better options, but a street price of around $30 makes it more attractive.

 

ACCU-TAC SR-5QD

Construction: Billet aluminum
Height: 6.25–10 inches, deployed
Weight: 20.35 ounces
Attachment: 1913 Picatinny rail, quick attach/detach
MSRP: $276
Accu-Tac.com

The SR-5QD bipod is a bit heavier than the vast majority of the other bipods tested. However, that being said, it is high quality and very rugged. The legs have positive stops at 90 degrees, 45 degrees, front and back, and fold in either the forward or rearward position. Height ranges from 6½ inches in the 45-degree locked position to 10 inches in the center position with legs fully deployed. This bipod also features a cant adjustment with a large locking lever that is easy to get to and easy to lock. The QD lock is a plus and features a thumb screw adjustment for precise sizing that is also adjustable with a hex bit. The rubber feet are removable to switch out with spikes for solid ground contact. Legs deploy with a pull on each leg, with preloaded stops at ½-inch intervals. A push of the leg tension lever snaps the legs to their closed position. This bipod has a wide, stable base at 11 inches, with an 8-inch height and 13-inch width with the legs fully extended. It is hard for me to find fault with the Accu-Tac (except for the price), but if you want real quality and performance, it’s worth the price.

 

ZRODELTA DLOC-SS (WITH AIMTECH WARHAMMER BIPOD)

Construction: 6061-T6 aluminum
Height: 6–9 inches, deployed
Weight: 29.6 ounces
Attachment: 1913 Picatinny rail; includes stud for a sling attachment
MSRP: $269 with Aimtech Warhammer (as tested); $189 for DLOC-SS mount only
ZRODelta.com

ZRODelta makes the DLOC-SS Picatinny mount, but Aimtech makes the Warhammer bipod that it ships with. The DLOC-SS is designed for use with Harris-style bipods and, when mounted as such, is touted as a “Harris-improved.” The Warhammer doesn’t lock in the deployed position, but springs maintain enough tension to keep the legs from closing while you move the rifle around. Legs deploy quickly under spring tension. Once deployed, they can be adjusted using the built-in stops at ½-inch increments from 6 to 9 inches. They have to be manually returned to the collapsed position. The DLOC-SS features both a cant adjustment and traverse adjustments, and both have locking levers large enough to operate with gloves on. The connection point to the rifle is solid and easy to adjust on and off. The DLOC-SS makes this Harris-style bipod into a solid unit that will fit all applications.

 

BLACKHAWK! SPORTSTER TRAVERSETRACK

Construction: Metal
Height: 9–13 inches, deployed
Weight: 17 ounces
Attachment: 1913 Picatinny rail or sling swivel stud (tested)
MSRP: $77
Blackhawk.com

This bipod offers traverse and cant features for $100 to $200 less than the other bipods that have both features, making it a good buy. It’s a spring-loaded, forward-closing, lightweight bipod. It attaches via sling swivel, which I found to be a little difficult due to the free-floating attachment points being a little hard to guide through the attachment slot. Once attached, even when “cranked” down, there was still a fair amount of movement in the connection. I also had to put a lot of tension on the cant lever to stop any movement. There is no lever to lock the traverse feature in place. Opening the legs is done manually with a pull to lock open, but they are spring loaded in the open position— press the friction lock, and they snap closed. There is also a precision lock feature to open each leg to any length.

 

TAC SHIELD SWIVEL STUD MOUNTED PIVOTING BIPOD (T9501P)

Construction: Metal
Height: 6–9 inches, deployed
Weight: 16 ounces
Attachment: 1913 Picatinny rail or sling swivel stud (tested)
MSRP: $41
TACShield.com

It is fairly lightweight and solid. There is a large knob to tighten the bipod to a sling swivel stud. The pivot adjustment needs to be really cranked down on to stop any play in the bipod. The legs do not have a positive lock on them and had a tendency to close while I moved the bipod around. The legs are easy to deploy and have a solid lock at the fully opened position. This bipod also has precision turn knobs for adjustments between 6 and 8¼ inches. The bipod’s base width is 9½ inches. The cant feature is easy to activate and cants 15 degrees each way.

 

Bipod Comparison

Model

Construction Height (inches) Weight (ounces) Traverse Cant

MSRP

Accu-Tac SR-5QD

Billet aluminum

6.25–10 20.35 x x

$276

ATI Universal Featherweight

Polymer

9–13 6 x

$56

B&T BT10-LW17 V8 Atlas

6061-T6 aluminum

4.75–9 12.7 x x

$320

Blackhawk! Sportster Traversetrack

Metal

9–13 17 x x

$77

GG&G QD XDS-2C

6061-T6 aluminum

6.5–8.25 17.5 x x

$201

Grip Pod GPS-V2

Polymer grip, polymer-covered stainless steel legs

5.75–8.25

 

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$160

TAC Shield T9521RP

Metal

6–9 16 x

$70

TAC Shield T9501P

Metal

6–9 16 x

$41

Tango Down ACB-4

7075 aluminum body, polymer legs

8–10 16.1 x x

$220

TruGlo TacPod

Metal

9–13 16

$45

ZRODelta DLOC-SS/with Aimtech Warhammer Bipod

6061-T6 aluminum

6–9 29.6 x x

$269/$189

 

Editor’s Note: A version of this article first appeared in the April 2018 print issue of Gun World Magazine.